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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

The acting chief of the Internal Revenue Service is forced to resign. President Barack Obama goes on the offensive over political scandals. And the federal budget deficit is shrinking. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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Minnesota passed legislation this week approving same-sex marriage, becoming the 12th state and the first Midwestern state to do so. The panel discussed whether the bill marks a tipping point for the marriage equality movement and the likelihood that other states will also pass gay marriage laws. Susan Page of USA Today pointed that while support for same-sex marriage is growing, there still remain large regional disparities across the U.S.

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